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Telenor Group survey: Pakistan’s millennials point to artificial intelligence as possible gateway to achieving peace

Telenor Group survey: Pakistan’s millennials point to artificial intelligence as possible gateway to achieving peace

Telenor Group today released the findings of its regional online survey that assessed the attitudes of Asia’s millennials towards technology and social impact, as well as the support they feel necessary to become future leaders committed to peace. Organized to support Telenor Youth Forum 2017 recruitment, the online survey engaged 2,500 respondents aged 15 to 30 years in Asian markets where Telenor is present. They include Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Thailand. Pakistan’s youth say they’re most passionate for education for all The multi-market online survey found that Pakistan’s millennials are most passionate for providing opportunities for children to get an education (35 percent of survey takers), followed by unemployment among youth (21 percent). Other global issues that Pakistani millennials are driven to make change include climate change and global warming (20 percent), the stigma surrounding mental health issues (14 percent), and gender inequality (10 percent). Resolving many of the same issues is also a year-long mission of Telenor Youth Forum delegates, whose tech-driven proposals were funded for research and prototyping at a pitching session held in Bangkok last month. Asia’s millennials feel strongly about the role of technology and its impact when relating to the pursuit of their social causes. More than half of Pakistan’s millennials (51 percent) polled believe that enabling equal opportunities and access to education will benefit most from technology advancements. Selected by the second most number of respondents was confronting climate change and global warming (23 percent). Artificial intelligence for world peace, why not? When asked about the technology that has the largest potential to give rise to peace, 34 percent of Pakistan’s respondents placed their bets on artificial intelligence, followed by the Internet of Things (29 percent), and virtual reality (28 percent). Across all six markets, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and virtual reality rank consistently in the top three – suggesting the vast potential seen in these future technologies by the Internet generation. The most innovative and entrepreneurial generation of all-time Another consistent trend across all markets is the youth’s perspectives of their generation. Regionally, 37 percent of the millennials polled described themselves as ‘the most innovative and entrepreneurial generation in history’, which reflects a similar proportion in Bangladesh (37 percent), Malaysia (38 percent) and Pakistan (38 percent). Education is most critical to shape tomorrow’s peace leaders Youths in all the surveyed markets ranked education as the most critical form of support in order to enable them to become tomorrow’s peace leaders. This finding was consistent in all six Asia markets, including Pakistan where 45 percent of its respondents believe leaders today should invest in developing a more inclusive education system that gives everyone equal...

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Daraz Mobile Week offering up to 75% off on leading phone brands starts June 6

Daraz Mobile Week offering up to 75% off on leading phone brands starts June 6

The biggest mobile phone sale of the year- Daraz.pk’s Mobile Week is set to offer the best prices, discounts and exclusive deals on leading mobile phone brands starting June 6. Zain Suharwardy, MD Daraz.pk, commented, “Daraz Mobile Week is about bringing premium mobile phones to everyone. The assortment of heavily discounted mobiles during Mobile Week will be generous enough to accommodate everyone’s tastes and needs. We have a #MobileSabKayLiyay.” Top brands, exciting flash sales and new launches Mobile Week on Daraz is offering up to 75% off, timely flash sales and exclusive phone launches from the hottest brands like Samsung, Apple, QMobile, Infinix, Elephone and more. Each brand will enjoy its own day with dedicated flash sales from 12pm – 4pm on its most desirable handsets. Find the best from Samsung “The best part of Daraz.pk’s Mobile Week is the limitless range of products and the fabulous discounts customers can enjoy. Gauging the amazing response to Mobile Week 2016, we have very high expectations from this year’s even bigger Mobile Week, which Daraz is sure to meet if not exceed,” says Hamza Rasheed, General Manager Samsung Pakistan. Grab the latest from QMobile Exciting news comes from QMobile, that is launching CS1 – the ultimate camera phone – exclusively on Daraz Mobile Week. The CS1 is a beautiful phone, with super-fast performance and top-of-the-line camera features. The price of the phone will be revealed on Mobile Week and is going to blow everyone away. Zeeshan Yousuf, Director QMobile enthused about this partnership said, “Both QMobile and Daraz have their finger placed firmly on the pulse of popular choice and together we are bound to create magic. Daraz Mobile Week is the biggest mobile phone sale event of the year and there couldn’t have been a better time or place for us to launch the CS1 – our ultimate camera phone.” Check out the newest from Elephone New entrants in the market, too, have been looking forward to the sale event after successfully launching their flagship phone with the online marketplace last month. Shannon Yang, Marketing Manager Elephone Communication, shared her thoughts on the partnership, “Elephone entered the Pakistani market successfully with Daraz’s invaluable support. We have high expectations from Mobile Week and see it as an opportunity to show our Pakistani fans our gratitude. During Mobile week, the Elephone C1 Max, our super cost-effective device with dual camera will make a bold entrance. Great deals from Infinix  Infinix phones were the best-sellers during Mobile Week last year, thousands of Hot 4 handsets flew off the virtual shelf in just a few hours – this year again the phone company is offering great discounts on its latest handsets. ”We are really excited about partnering up with Daraz during Mobile Week.The fanfare that Daraz generates is contagious. Judging from the overwhelming response we got last year, our expectations from Mobile Week this...

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Telenor Pakistan #ShareYourMeal Campaign – #ShareYourMeal and make an impact

Telenor Pakistan #ShareYourMeal Campaign – #ShareYourMeal and make an impact

Ramadan is one of the most important months in Pakistan and is celebrated and observed fervently by the Pakistanis. Meals at Sehr and Iftar are an important social factor during this month in that they bring together a lot of people. While some people have the luxury of having scrumptious meals during Ramadan, unfortunately there is a majority of people living in Pakistan who cannot afford to have even basic meals. Telenor started a major CSR campaign 3 years ago by the name of #TweetAMeal through which people were asked to tweet pictures of the meals they have in Ramadan and against the number of tweets that came in Telenor Pakistan donated a sum of amount to the people of hunger struck areas. Last year, Telenor in collaboration with Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal, distributed food supplies worth Rs. 2.5 million to one of the most impoverished area of Pakistan, Thar. #ShareYourMeal Keeping alive the spirit of Ramadan and the objective of giving back to the society, Telenor Pakistan has started a CSR Campaign for Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The aim is to make this campaign bigger than the last years so that it can provide food supplies to an even greater number of people. This year Telenor is partnering with Pakistan Red Crescent Society to conduct distribution drive in another deserving part of the nation. How to Share The mechanics of #ShareYourMeal are very simple. People are just required to take pictures of their Sehri or Iftaar meals and post it on either Twitter or Instagram with #ShareYourMeal or they can post their pictures on Telenor’s Pakistan timeline with the same hashtag. In return of each picture that is shared Telenor Pakistan will add a specific amount to the donation pool that will be distributed by the end of Ramadan amongst the needy. Hence, more pictures that Telenor receives, more the donation amount that will get distributed. Media Support Telenor Pakistan hopes that media will play an important part in spreading the word for the whole nation to rally behind a great cause and contribute with their pictures so that it can reach out to a bigger proportion of the population and provide the deserving with food supplies keeping in mind the giving spirit of...

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Bank Alfalah wins Best Loyalty and Rewards Program award at Mastercard MENA Leadership Forum in London

Bank Alfalah wins Best Loyalty and Rewards Program award at Mastercard MENA Leadership Forum in London

Pakistan’s leading banking institution, Bank Alfalah has won  the ‘Best Loyalty and Rewards Program Award’ for its Orbit Rewards Program at the 2017 Mastercard MENA Leadership Forum that took place in London, UK. Hosted by Mastercard, a leading technology company in the global payments industry, the Forum brought together executives from a number of leading banks in the region, to discuss the future of the payments industry and celebrate the success of financial organizations in maximizing the reach of Mastercard’s solutions and programs among their customers. “We are delighted that Alfalah Orbit Rewards has been recognized at this prestigious forum. As a first of its kind rewards program in Pakistan, Alfalah Orbit Rewards is a unique offering that allows customers to earn points on their entire banking relationship while also providing unparalleled and innovative redemption options. We strongly believe that a loyal customer base is the bank’s greatest asset and we continue to expand our efforts to bring them the best and innovative banking solutions and services. The program is a testament of our resolve to develop and deliver customer-centric solutions that firmly positions Bank Alfalah as the bank of choice for its customers,” said Mehreen Ahmed, Group Head Retail South & New Initiatives, Bank Alfalah. “We congratulate Bank Alfalah on winning the Best Loyalty and Rewards Program award at the Mastercard MENA Leadership Forum and applaud the efforts of the team in successfully implementing their unique solutions in their respective markets. As a whole, the region offers tremendous potential for the development of a highly innovative payments and financial sector and we are pleased to see the efforts of our partners in developing products that offer customers the highest level of convenience and safety and security, while also strengthening Mastercard’s reach to a wider consumer base,” said Khalid Elgibali, Division President, MENA, Mastercard. Featuring a packed agenda of industry sessions led by senior Mastercard executives, the forum gathered more 60 attendees from across the Middle East and North Africa region. Bank Alfalah has been facilitating innovation to promote digital and financial inclusion in the country. The bank, being the leader in financial innovation in the banking industry has been forging liaisons with businesses and services sector to bring about a greater accessibility and power. The concerted efforts to bring greater inclusion and empowerment to people have elevated BAFL to the rank of the most preferred bank in...

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Dell launches the OptiPlex 3050 in Three sizes

Dell launches the OptiPlex 3050 in Three sizes

Today we are looking at some cool tech from Dell. Dell launched their new OptliPlex 3050 Desktop, it comes in three form factors a tower, small form and a micro form. OptiPlex 3050 Tower, Small Form Factor and Micro OptiPlex 3050 is a perfect desktop which gives you the most power and opportunity to grow with your business. With its compact design, ultra-sleek look, powerful performance and an abundant USB connectivity, OptiPlex 3050 offers more productivity that will lead to success. Power OptiPlex has an excellent processor and sufficient memory to run all your critical business softwares. Moreover, it offers a lot of power to multitask and run all your necessary programs. Intel® 7th generation processors allow for the fastest OptiPlex yet with support up to Core™ i5. To add on in providing an amazing experience, OptiPlex 3050 offers a 4GB dedicated / optional graphic card. OptiPlex 3050 is an easy to manage desktop that is designed to meet any challenge or professional need. Size The Dell OptiPlex 3050 comes in three form factors including Tower, Small Form Factor and Micro which gives you plenty of sizes to choose from to fit your office’s needs. Display and Design Dell OptiPlex 3050 offers a versatile suite of stand and mounting options to tailor your workspace to max out on productivity and allows you to stay flexible. All the versions of OptiPlex 3050 offer HDMI as a standard port. Tower and small form factor offer Eight External USB Ports and Micro form factor offers six USB ports which provide you with many options for plugging in external devices like flash drives, scanners and card readers. Security Dell’s desktops offer the best in class solutions addressing data protection, identity assurance, and threat protection.With TPM, chassis intrusion switch, Dell Data Protection and cable covers for certain form factors; OptiPlex 3050 will make you work more and focus less on security risks. Apart from that, OptiPlex 3050 is backed by ProSupport Plus which provides 24×7 expert help for hardware, software challenges, accidental damage and other security...

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Karandaaz signs three agreements to improve International Remittance Solutions under Innovation Challenge Fund

Karandaaz signs three agreements to improve International Remittance Solutions under Innovation Challenge Fund

The country’s leading promoter of financial inclusion, Karandaaz Pakistan has signed agreements worth PKR 148 Million with three prominent players in the international remittance market under the DFID-funded Innovation Challenge Fund. Karandaaz Pakistan launched the first round of the Innovation Challenge Fund (ICF) in September 2016. The ICF is funded by UK Department for International Development (UKAid).  Market players were invited to propose innovative solutions for improving the current international remittance products and services for overseas Pakistanis who send about $19.9 B into Pakistan. Following a rigorous selection process, Karandaaz has signed agreements with three finalists: Telenor Microfinance Bank (previously Tameer Microfinance Bank), Samba Bank & Global Financial Systems (consortium), and Bank Alfalah & Paysys Labs (consortium). The proposed initiatives will receive funding of up to PKR 148 Million. The projects are expected to enable overseas Pakistanis to send money more conveniently and at lower cost and will give implementers an opportunity to enhance financial inclusion by promotion of mobile wallets, bank accounts and other financial services. Speaking at the occasion, CEO Karandaaz Mr. Ali Sarfraz explained that Karandaaz was implementing the DFID-funded Innovation Challenge Fund using a theme based approach where each round has a specific theme linked to a complex challenge. He commended the signatories of ICF Round 1 and appreciated their initiatives to introduce new services in an important market segment. The second round of ICF will launch in May 2017 and will focus on a priority area for Karandaaz Pakistan and DFID, by supporting improved access to technical and financial support for Pakistani women entrepreneurs. In ICF Round 2 Karandaaz will invite applications from incubators, accelerators or similar organizations to propose an innovative mentoring program that caters specifically to female entrepreneurs....

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